Slayer and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt shared a new photo on his official Instagram page today and wanted Tom Hunting fans to help raise money for his cancer treatment.
As you may already remember, earlier this month, Exodus drummer made a public announcement on his official Facebook account and stated that he was diagnosed with cancer and has a gastric tumour in his stomach.
While Exodus fan base and former Slayer member Gary Holt posted a bunch of ‘Get well soon!’ messages, today, Gary posted a new photo of Tom on his verified Instagram account and announced that they have started a GoFundMe campaign to help his medical treatment expenses.
According to the official press release on GoFundMe, Tom needs the help of fans to pay his bills, both medical & home, and during the pandemic, he is unable to return touring and while undergoing chemo, he wants to continue his fight without the worry of mounting the bills.
While we are writing this article, over 910 donors raised more than $50.000 in a short time and the top donor is Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.
Here is what Gary Holt wrote:
“I’ve started a GoFundMe page for Tom Hunting, who as you may well know, is currently in the beginning phase of his battle against cancer, and you can imagine how the bills are going to stack up, co-pays as well as home. Some people will think “oh rock dudes with albums, must be rich” and shit, but Tom, like many others, worked during this pandemic and global shut down of the music industry.
Some shill merch and memorabilia (yours truly) while Tom, with a lifetime of experience working with his hands, is a builder. He does construction work on the side. He can’t now and so let’s help keep him above water during this fight! I dropped a grand to get started (well, someone named Chris was first! Thanks, Chris for giving before it was even posted! You rule!)”
You can check out the photo on Instagram below.